Many people don’t even realize that nonwoven textiles exist, or that there is any difference between a woven and a nonwoven fabric. In fact, the nonwoven textile manufacturing process differs markedly from the more familiar kitted or woven processes, and the process results in textiles with a wide variety of unique properties and characteristics. Here are a few surprising and interesting places where you may encounter nonwoven textiles in your day-to-day life.
Two common types of nonwoven manufacturing processes are meltblown and chembond. Each process enables manufacturers to bond the fabrics differently to emphasize specific properties of the materials, depending on the end use requirements.
Meltblown processes are used to create many types of wipes. The use of wipes has moved well beyond baby cleaning and personal hygiene to encompass every area of the home. Today, you can purchase wipes impregnated with specialty compounds for polishing stainless steel, sealing granite counters and cleaning windows. In fact, wipes are the fastest growing way to clean nearly everything found in the home.
Chembond or thermal point bond processes are often used in textiles. Nonwoven textiles are also an important component in clothing and apparel, where they may form embroidery backing, the interlining of a lapel on a blazer or even provide the stiffener for the bill on a cap.
The cushions on your sofa may be lined or even filled with a nonwoven textile. Nonwoven textiles filter out dust and allergens, keeping furniture cleaner. Engineered for softness, nonwovens may make your furniture feel comfy and well cushioned.
Another common place for meltblown or chembond products is filtration products. For example, if you have a water filtration pitcher, an icemaker in your refrigerator or a single cup coffee maker, it’s a good bet that each of them includes a filter made of nonwoven textiles. Teabags are another surprisingly common place to find nonwovens.
If you enjoy the smooth ride and relative quiet operation of your car, the manufacturing process probably includes adding chembond nonwovens to provide noise reduction and vibration dampening properties that contribute to your comfort. Manufacturers often include nonwoven fabrics between components to decrease both noise and vibration.
If you’ve been to the doctor or the dentist lately, your practitioner may have donned a mask and even a gown before beginning the procedure. More than likely, those items were made from meltblown nonwovens because of their ability to allow airflow while trapping bacteria and particulates, as well as their ability to undergo sterilization before use.
The list goes on and on. Look around and you will find many additional examples of nonwoven textiles in your environment. You might even come up with a new place where nonwovens might be a perfect fit. In that case, you should discuss your ideas with your nonwovens manufacturer to see if they can produce a nonwoven fabric that suits your product perfectly.
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